Zyxel Prestige P-2000W VoIP Wi-Fi phone
Zyxel's Prestige P-2000W Wi-Fi VoIP phone lets you make VoIP calls anywhere you can find an 802.11b/g network--a public hot spot, for instance, or a home or office Wi-Fi network--as long as you have a SIP-based VoIP service. If you use a softphone with a service such as SIPphone or a bring-your-own-hardware service such as BroadVoice (some services require that you use their hardware), the P-2000W could be handy. You can also make calls at public hot spots while out and about and not pay for cell service. Though this sounds intriguing, on second look, it might be more trouble than it's worth. On the road, a cell phone makes a better choice because you don't have to hunt for a Wi-Fi hot spot (nor worry about staying within its range). Also, services such as BroadVoice offer optional telephone adapters, into which you can plug your regular cordless phone--a much cheaper solution than using the Zyxel Prestige P-2000W. Additionally, installing this phone requires a fair amount of tech savvy, as it's complicated to set up and not very well documented by Zyxel. If you love the idea of sticking with just one low-cost VoIP service and don't mind hopping between hot spots to make calls in public, this phone could be a decent choice. Otherwise, you'll find it easier to spring for a cheap basic cellular plan in addition to an inexpensive VoIP service at home.
Resembling the brick-style cell phones of yesteryear, the Zyxel Prestige P-2000W Wi-Fi VoIP phone measures roughly 5.4 by 1.8 by 0.7 inches and weighs 3.8 ounces. That makes for a comfortable fit in your hand but a bulky phone in your pocket. It has a full-size keypad; a small, backlit monochrome screen; a four-way navigation pad that's a bit too stiff; and a cell phone-like menu system. Despite its plastic construction, it feels solid and sturdy, like it could handle being tossed around by a toddler--or a factory foreman.